Get ready for a night at the cinema

Annual street event takes place this weekend

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published July 5, 2017

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CLAWSON — A night of hilarity, hijinks and happiness is heading to Clawson this weekend with the 10th annual Cinema in the Street.

Downtown Clawson will host the event Saturday, July 8, at the intersection of 14 Mile Road and Main Street.

Games and entertainment will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk.

After public input was considered and social media votes were tallied, the winning film that will be shown this year is “Night at the Museum.”

“We think this will be another winner,” said Clawson Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Joan Horton.

The movie is rated PG and stars many big names including Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Ricky Gervais and Robin Williams. The movie is described as a family comedic adventure in which all the action takes place at night when the most unlikely things come alive inside the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The movie was released in 2006.

Horton said that throughout the past 10 years, the DDA has prided itself on choosing movies that are enjoyable for the entire family.

“Our goal has always been to try and find a movie that isn’t so new that parents want to tear out their hair when they hear the opening scenes of the music, and maybe that they recognize from their childhood that their kids haven’t seen yet,” she said.

Past movies included “The Princess Bride,” “The Goonies,” “Short Circuit” and “The Sandlot.”

Families are invited to partake in free family fun before the film, including movie-themed arts and crafts, games, face painting, inflatables and temporary hair coloring.

Horton said parents can enjoy all the games with their kids.

“We’ve got checkerboard tables and giant tic-tac-toe,” Horton said. “They can play with their children, and that is what makes it really fun.”

Horton said the DDA is fortunate that the downtown businesses step up to sponsor the activities.

“We’re really lucky, because all of the businesses are included,” she said. “It’s good for them too, so they can meet people.”

Plenty of free popcorn will be served to moviegoers.

Attendees should bring their lawn chairs, blankets and whatever else they may need to enjoy the movie under the stars.

“Everyone enjoys an outdoor movie, and what could be better than sitting outside with family and friends and watching a movie in the dark and in the street?” said Mayor Penny Luebs.

Luebs said Cinema in the Street is another one of the city’s family-friendly events that hits all the checkboxes, including entertainment, food from local businesses and outdoor play.

“All equaling fun and fellowship,” she said.

Horton said having children isn’t a must to come downtown that night either.

“It’s a great people-watching event too,” she said. “You can come down and sit on one of the patios or benches. It’s fun.”

The intersection will close at 5 p.m. July 8 to set up for the event.

For more information, visit downtownclawson.com and click on “Happenings.”

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